Have you ever been to court, or better yet, seen the kind of T.V. judges that yell, scowl, and try to make the accused look like complete imbeciles? Well here’s a judge that has an unusual approach to the every case he takes on, even the more mundane ones.
His style of judgment would be a bit extreme if he was dealing with hardened criminals, but that’s not the case at all. It’s every day men and women that broke minor laws, or have found themselves in a bad situation and exercised their agency poorly.
Caprio’s habit of compassion for the downtrodden has now made him an internet star, due to his occasional use of the accuseds’ children to help him figure out a punishment. He has caught the attention of millions, and now he explains who the fame – which came as a surprise to him – can be attributed to.
Now Judge Caprio, who is 80 years old, talks about his fame and how he owes it to his own hardworking, Italian immigrant father.
In one particular case that he took earlier this year, a bereaved mother, Andrea Rogers, appeared before Judge Caprio with quite a wide collection of parking fines. She wept as she poured out her conflict to keep her life together after her son was murdered.
‘I’m going to take into consideration the horrific story you just told us, relative to your son. I don’t think anyone in their lifetime would ever want to experience that.’
Judge Caprio then decides to dismiss all of her parking tickets.
‘With our best wishes and hope that things turnaround for you. Good luck to you.’
Judge Caprio explains why he thinks the videos have drawn in so much attention, on Daily Mail:
‘Not only in this country but around the world, I think that there’s a sense that the institutions of government are not meeting people’s needs and that it’s a very contentious society.’
‘I’m always mindful of the fact that the power of the sovereign as opposed to the power of the individual is so disproportionate. Shame on me if I represent the sovereign and I give someone something that they don’t deserve. That’s a strict interpretation of the law.’
‘I take it to another extent. If I think there are certain circumstances in an individual’s life or it’s a close call, I give them the benefit of the doubt. I don’t subscribe to the theory that because you were charged you must be guilty.’
I think we all have the ability to stop and put ourselves in others people’s shoes. This will allow folks to exercise a bit more compassion for those that have been without it for a while. Why not do good, when you can?
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